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Attenborough on climate change: We cannot be radical enough

The famous British naturalist and documentary film-maker attended the British parliament’s business, energy and industrial strategy committee on 9 July, where he gave evidence, among other things, about the importance of the role to be taken by young people.

Conservative MP Patrick McLoughlin asked the scientist whether the British government’s new commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is a sufficient undertaking, or whether a similar result ought to be achieved much sooner than that.

David Attenborough replied that the issue should be approached from a completely different angle:

"We cannot be radical enough
in dealing with the issues
that face us at the moment.
The question is:
what is practically possible?
How can we take the electorate
with us in dealing with these things?”

He believes that the voters of tomorrow have the right attitude: he finds it highly encouraging that young people are not only aware of what’s at stake, they are also making their voices heard about the topic. Today’s societies are on the threshold of a momentous change in which young people will play the main role. The time may come when polluting the environment will be considered just as intolerable as slavery, for instance.

“I’m OK, and all of us here are OK, because we don’t face the problems that are coming.” Attenborough said, “But the problems in the next 30 years are really major problems that are going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way that we live, and what we eat. It’s going to happen.”

Video: YouTube/Guardian News
Further information: The Guardian

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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